Teaching Transitional Kindergarten

Professional Certificate in Teaching Transitional Kindergarten

Professional Certificate in Teaching Transitional Kindergarten

Classroom Program


12 months


UCR Extension

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Transitional Kindergarten provides an opportunity for children who don't make the kindergarten age cutoff, to build the appropriate proficiencies to become school ready. Join our fully online program and understand the influences that affect children's early development while learning proven techniques to support their cognitive, physical, social and emotional advancement.

Demand for transitional kindergarten teachers is on the rise as more districts opt to incorporate TK into their schools. Whether an experienced teacher looking for a change, or a new educator fresh out of school, this program is designed to impart the knowledge and expertise needed to foster an effective learning environment where children can learn fundamental academics, while simultaneously developing maturity and confidence. Make your mark and pave the way to a successful outcome for young learners.

Designed For

Credentialed teachers and/or individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree and have passed the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), who are looking to teach Transitional Kindergarten in California.

What You'll Learn

  • Influences on children's biological, physical, social-emotional and cognitive development
  • Quality teaching practices that address cultural and developmental differences
  • Methods for engaging parents and building a collaborative relationship between home and school
  • Language development in children ages 0-5 and strategies for working with English learners
  • Differentiated instruction techniques for TK-K combination classrooms
  • Evidence-based curriculum and bridging the Preschool Learning Foundations with the Common Core State Standards

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.

Real People. Real Results.

“Informative, relevant and support are just a few words which come to mind when describing my experience with the instructors of UCR Extension's programs in Education. Many of my lessons have found ways into my personal classroom curriculum, and through collaborative conferencing with peer-to-peer sharing within my district.”

Yumi Soares

Computer Literacy Teacher
Modesto City Schools
Modesto, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  • Passing score on CBEST

Masters Pathway

Transfer all 36 units to earn a Master's degree.

  • School: California Baptist University
  • Location: Riverside, CA
  • Program: Master's of Science in Education, Transitional Kindergarten Concentration
  • Transferable Units: 36 units are transferable from the Teaching Transitional Kindergarten Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Transitional Kindergarten: Child Growth and Development


4.5 units

Diversity and Responsive Teaching in a Transitional Kindergarten Classroom


4.5 units

Quarter 2

Home, School, and Community Collaborations for Transitional Kindergarten Teachers


4.5 units

Language, Literacy and Support for Preschool English Learners


4.5 units

Quarter 3

The Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum


4.5 units

Intentional Teacher Engagement in a Transitional Kindergarten Classroom


4.5 units

Quarter 4

Observation and Assessment in a Transitional Kindergarten Classroom


4.5 units

Practicum and Coaching for Transitional Kindergarten Teachers


4.5 units

Instructor Spotlight

“We recognize how valuable time is for teachers, and we understand the needs of non-traditional learners, so we strive to design our programs and schedule our courses with a work, life, and learning balance in mind. Whether you want to add a credential, enhance your skills, complete a professional certificate, or get started on a Master's degree, we have what you need.”

Annette Webb

Associate Dean of Academic Programs
UCR Extension

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